• The comfort of strangers…

    So following on from last night’s post. I am feeling really odd about those I know reading my work. Any of my stuff, but especially this book in progress… Why do we feel easier being completely honest and open with strangers rather than those closest […]

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  • The book that cannot be read!

    Here’s the thing. I’m writing my book (about creative mothers), and I’m really pleased with it, with how it’s taking shape. It is nowhere near finished, but I am please with how it is forming. I have tried to explain to non-writers how it works […]

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  • Where I’m at…

    A lovely weekend – dinner out and two lunches out. A half day watching a demo at the Cookery School with a dear friend on Friday. And SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much writing time. My mama batteries are recharged. My kids are being nice. I’m being nice. We’re […]

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  • Something for the weekend: Desiderata

    Desiderata  (from the Latin for ‘things desired as essential’) Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; […]

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  • Bye bye baby

    The time has come. Weaning time. But it is bittersweet, as weaning always is for me. I love the closeness, yet I resent the being tied and demanded of to this extent. I never want it to end on a bad note, nothing drastic. We […]

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  • A Mother’s Prayer

    All mothers,Who art down the road, in the house next door, all around the world,Hallowed be thy names,Thy time will come, thy work will be done.You give this day the daily bread – endless sandwiches (with crusts off, and cut the right way), wraps and pittas, […]

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  • Let’s Play, “Yes, Let’s!”

    “Let’s play”, she says.“Yes let’s”, I say. That’s the game: “Yes, let’s”. It’s an old drama game I used to play with my students back in my drama teacher days. Its purpose is to teach actors to accept situations offered them in improvisation situations rather […]

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  • I quit

    To whom it may concern, Please let it be known that I am handing in my notice with direct effect. I am not sure who would be willing to take on my responsibilities, but am sure that there are plenty more confident/ capable/ qualified/ mad […]

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  • Happy birthday to me!

    Too tired to bake my own cake – so a dear friend baked me one.This is not it! It is eaten!But this is one of my most favourite looking cakes ever in the world which I ate at an apple blossom picnic last month and […]

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  • Blogging Carnival of Emotions: breaking taboos

    Women all over the blogosphere have been tackling taboo emotional subjects over the past few days. It has become an informal blogging carnival as mothers have been looking at the different sides of oft denied emotions. Finding great personal courage to explore and express subjects […]

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